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I don't have Non-Ethanol in my area, I have to use Ethanol.
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What type of fuel do you use?

Old 06-10-2021, 08:34 AM
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What I get from the Res.
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Ethanol fuel will destroy an outboard you leave sitting.
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Originally Posted by SnapperPsycho View Post
Ethanol fuel will destroy an outboard you leave sitting.
Marked the important part, and I totally agree.
That said, I've been using regular old pump gas for at least 15 years in the 4 strokes and never once a fuel issue. But the boats have been used regularly and I doubt the tank ever goes more than 3-4 months without being completely run through. Currently, it's more like monthly.
Now, when I had carbureted 2 strokes, I only used ethanol free. If I lived somewhere where the boating season isn't year round and the boat would be wintered for months on end, also would use ethanol free.
As with many things, a "one size fits all" approach isn't gospel. If you burn a bunch of gas regularly in a modern fuel injected 4 stroke, save the extra money that the ethanol free would have cost you, and go burn even more regular gas. The issues with old fuel lines separating from ethanol have all sorted themselves out by now.
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You need to add another line to the poll. I use both ethanol and non-ethanol. Boils down to what's convenient when I need to fuel up. Although I'd prefer to use non-ethanol I don't obsess over it and will use ethanol without batting an eye.
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They sell REC-90 in Florida. 90 octane ethanol free.
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Originally Posted by mikefloyd View Post
They sell REC-90 in Florida. 90 octane ethanol free.
But not conveniently available everywhere, and, I will not drive ten miles out of my way to pay more for gas when my engine runs fine with ethanol.
NEVER have I had an ethanol issue with ANY outboard I have ever owned.
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Not sure. I'm always bent over when the boat is at the fuel dock for a fill up.
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Originally Posted by SnapperPsycho View Post
Ethanol fuel will destroy an outboard you leave sitting.
Over what period of time? So my 2008 E-tec that's never seen a drop of non-ethanol and sits all winter every year should have been destroyed years ago, right?
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What type of fuel do you use?
Enriched uranium fuel rods.
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I use ethanol for the most part for the last 15+ years with no problems. I don't let the boats sit though. Even in the winter they get used at least every other week at a minimum. If I was going to let them sit I would use ethanol free.
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Originally Posted by jobowker View Post
Over what period of time? So my 2008 E-tec that's never seen a drop of non-ethanol and sits all winter every year should have been destroyed years ago, right?
Obviously not! hahaha

But, just for kicks, after letting it sit for a winter, drain the fuel tank using the stock fuel line going to the motor. Make sure you don't rock the boat or agitate the tank. See how much, if any, water comes out.

I just bought a 1997 Wellcraft and was told it had little to no fuel in it (but it would be ethanol fuel, if it did). I decided to drain it anyway (sludge, sediment, etc.), so I put in 10 gal of old gas (stuff sitting around). I drained 11 gal of water and 15 gal of fuel out of the tank.

For a less anecdotal and more scientific story, watch Born Again Boating's experiment. youtu.be/UOk65gstEKY

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Originally Posted by 6104696 View Post
Enriched uranium fuel rods.
SO you are in the Navy.
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Originally Posted by pierdude View Post
SO you are in the Navy.
I wasn't going to respond but I don't want be accused of falsely claiming the honor of being a Navy man. But all American citizens are co-owners of U.S. Navy equipment, so I stand by my previous answer....:-)
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NON-E 93. Available at the convenience store at the head of the neighborhood, easy ride in the golf cart w/ a few 5 gal cans
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E10 with StarTron.
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non-ethanol 89 or 90 octane
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87 with ethanol. Keep the tank topped up and have never had a hint of water in the sediment bowl.
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You won't see water in ethanol until it phase separates and hopefully you can burn it before that happens. As long as you are burning it right away there is nothing wrong with E-10. What do you burn in your cars?
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You guys should come to Southern New England on a beautiful weekend in mid July. You will see tens of thousands of gasoline powered boats.

Guess what they will all have in common???

EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM will be burning ethanol, yes ALL OF THEM burning ethanol. Come December those waters will be empty and every one of those boats (minus boats owned by rich snowbirds) will be sitting on trailers and on blocks for 4-6 months with ethanol in the fuel system. In the Spring, those same boats will start and run with 4-6 month old ethanol in their tanks and fuel systems.

I’m not an ethanol salesman and if I were king ethanol would not exist but the only place that people fret over ethanol are places where non ethanol fuel is available at a higher price and in those areas there could be an excellent study done not on ethanol verse non ethanol use but on the effects of confirmation bias........

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